The Sunday Paper #37

The Sunday Paper #37

In the Studio: I’m teaching workshops around the West in the coming months, and I hope that some of you can join me!

I’ll be teaching a two-day workshop called Paper Balloons, Tubes & Vessels at the San Francisco Center for the Book in February (this workshop is definitely running, but there are still a few spots);

Paper Weaving will be the highlight of my workshop through the Guild of Bookworkers in Denver in March;

That month I’ll also be teaching a papermaking workshop (working with abaca) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City – e-mail me for details, which should be available any day now;

In April I’m traveling to The Durango Arts Center to teach a workshop called Paper Possiblities!

And in May, I’ll be offering two one-day workshops (Playing With Paper and Collapsible, Inflatable Paper – sign up for one or both) at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder. As always,

If you are interested in inviting me to teach in your area, click here.



Have you ever seen paper thread, aka shifu? It is an incredible material made from hand spun paper. Here’s a great blog post on Spin Artiste that features the work of Susan Byrd, who has practiced this craft extensively and wrote the book A Song of Praise for Shifu. 


Guess what kind of paper this artwork by Cliff Maynard is made from?

469385 Roach Paper Art

Genevieve Nordmark has created a sample book featuring natural dyes that also contains the recipes. Read her blog post about the process and there is also a pdf that you can download with all of the instructions.


The People’s Paper Coop in Philadelphia has criminals turning their records into fresh sheets of handmade paper.  The project involves posting sheets of paper along a wall, each one bearing the photo of a participant and an attribute you wouldn’t find by looking at the individual’s criminal record. 


The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitizing its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website, available for the public to view for free, as well as turning to crowdfunding to help it complete its work.


About The Sunday Paper: The Sunday Paper is published by Helen Hiebert Studio. They keep saying that paper will become obsolete, yet artists, craftspeople, designers and creatives are keeping it alive and well. A healthy number of people are even making paper by hand (in some cultures they are still using age-old traditions). How cool is that? The Sunday PAPER is a resource for ideas and inspiration, all having to do with this amazing material. Each Sunday, starting with this edition, I’ll bring you stories and examples of people doing exciting, innovative, and beautiful things with paper, as well as links to interesting paperfacts I’ve unearthed from around the globe. I hope you’ll enjoy reading this paper, Papier, papel, хартия, Papir,紙, Papper, פּאַפּיר… and don’t hesitate to click on the link to leave your comments and suggestions!


  1. I am particularly impressed with the Philadelphia prison project by the People’s Paper Coop. Nothing like a physical manifestation of a fresh start.

  2. Genevieve says:

    I’m so excited to have made the Sunday Paper! Thank you for sharing my work. 😀